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World Lit: Circle 9, Betrayal

Standards

  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone.) Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will be able to analyze a theme of Dante’s Inferno and write a short essay explaining it.

Opening Session
STORY TIME! As we descend into the final circle of Hell, we get to meet Satan and the 3 worst sinners in all of history. Two of them are from a story we didn’t read this semester called Julius Caesar. So let’s take a few minutes during our Opening Session to talk about the story of Julius Caesar’s betrayal by Brutus and Cassius!

Work Session
And now we delve into the deepest reaches of Hell – Circle 9, Canto XXXIV. We’re going to be reading it together out of the textbook today, closely working through the poetry as Dante surmounts the most difficult obstacle of all, Satan himself.

Now that we’ve finished Dante’s Inferno, I want you to answer the Reading Comprehension questions at the end of the section. This will be graded for accuracy!

Closing Session

VOCAB!! Your quiz will be part of your Dante’s Inferno test, which will be next Tuesday!

  1. Grotesque
  2. Degree
  3. Anguish
  4. Tempest
  5. Perilous
  6. Awe
  7. Writhe
  8. Nimble
  9. Eternal
  10. Haunch

Assessment
Formative (Poster activity), summative (impromptu essay)

Differentiation
Process (scaffolding), Product (varied essay length as needed)

World Lit: Circle 9, Betrayal

Standards

  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone.) Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will be able to analyze a theme of Dante’s Inferno and write a short essay explaining it.

Opening Session
STORY TIME! As we descend into the final circle of Hell, we get to meet Satan and the 3 worst sinners in all of history. Two of them are from a story we didn’t read this semester called Julius Caesar. So let’s take a few minutes during our Opening Session to talk about the story of Julius Caesar’s betrayal by Brutus and Cassius!

Work Session
And now we delve into the deepest reaches of Hell – Circle 9, Canto XXXIV. We’re going to be reading it together out of the textbook today, closely working through the poetry as Dante surmounts the most difficult obstacle of all, Satan himself.

Now that we’ve finished Dante’s Inferno, I want you to consider the two themes we have touched on during this unit. The first theme is the idea of symbolic retribution, the idea that the punishment in Hell should fit the sins committed on Earth. The second theme is the idea that the real punishment in Hell is the absence of hope that the torture will ever end.

Choose one of the two themes and write a short essay where you explain how Dante shows this theme in the Inferno. You should write about 3ish paragraphs and cite evidence from the text (you have canto XXXVII in front of you, and I can give you copies of canto I, III, and V).
This is due at the end of class, and don’t forget the poster activity (last one!!)

Closing Session
Do your LAST poster activity and catch up on any you might have missed along the way!

Assessment
Formative (Poster activity), summative (impromptu essay)

Differentiation
Process (scaffolding), Product (varied essay length as needed)

Backstabbers!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: I will argue whether Dante’s law of symbolic retribution applies to the 9th circle of Hell and analyze how Dante develops the theme of symbolic retribution in the final portion of the text.

Opening Session: Let’s look at this video from Lady Gaga, a song you might know called “Judas.” I want to activate some prior knowledge here – do you guys know who Judas was? What did he do, who did he betray? Can you think of any other betrayal that was quite that important to history? Dante thought of one – can you guess who?

Work Session: Welcome to Circle 9: BETRAYAL. I know, you’ve been dying to get here, right? (ba-dum TISS!)

Today we delve into the deepest reaches of Hell – Circle 9, Canto XXXIV. We’re going to be reading it together out of the textbook today, closely working through the poetry as Dante surmounts the most difficult obstacle of all, Satan himself. And as we end our reading and Dante walks out of the cave and looks up at those beautiful stars, I want you to consider…. that’s it. You’re done. You’ve journeyed through a harrowing week, nay, a harrowing SEMESTER of World Lit, and now, we have but a mere three and a half weeks left before winter vacation.

Of course we do have another unit after this one, and and Dante’s test still to do – but right now, let’s talk about theme!

Now that we’ve finished Dante’s Inferno, discussing all along the way about the theme of symbolic retribution, I want you to consider how Dante has represented that theme throughout the story and specifically in circle 9 of Hell. Today I would like to see some writing from you. Compose a short essay – 3-4 paragraphs – on the theme of symbolic retribution in circle 9 of Hell. Specifically, I’d like you to consider your knowledge of Brutus and Cassius from our earlier reading of Julius Caesar as well as your knowledge of the story of Judas, and then I’d like you to answer the following prompt:

  • Did Brutus and Cassius deserve what they got?Was their sin of backstabbing Caesar as bad as Judas’s sin of backstabbing Jesus? Are they really the WORST people that have ever lived? Are the traitors against their masters really the worst sinners of all? Why did Dante choose to put these two people in the deepest depths of hell? Do you think Dante accurately represents his theme of symbolic retribution (the punishment fits the crime) in the 9th circle of Hell?

You guys will have a sheet to work on this essay with some framework on it, and you’ll have a pretty good chunk of class to write!

Finally, as we end the day, I want to ask for a little feedback for me. I taught this unit differently this semester than I have in the past, and I wonder if you guys liked it. Could you include what activities you liked and didn’t like in your writing today? I have a short survey for you!

Closing Session: Do your LAST poster activity!! WHOOOOOO!!!

Differentiation: Readiness (varied reading lengths); process (essay frameworks).

Assessment: Writing will be graded.